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UNLV junior RB Lexington Thomas led the Rebels with 10 touchdowns last season.

Two through the air, where he had six catches for 83 yards, and eight came on the ground, where he had 642 yards. Thomas will share carries with Charles Williams again. The pair combined for 1,405 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground last year.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 14 - 12:42 PM

UNLV HC Tony Sanchez named redshirt freshman QB Armani Rogers the starting quarterback.

One of the highest-ranked recruits in school history, Rogers was rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and the nation's No. 11 dual-threat quarterback. In the spring, he beat out returning quarterbacks Johnny Stanton and Kurt Palandech, both of whom started last year. Rogers redshirted last season. "We’ve got to do a great job of putting some infrastructure around him and not putting everything on his decision making early on," Sanchez said. "Give him some simple things to execute and use his natural athletic ability." UNLV is stocked at both WR (Devonte Boyd and Kendal Keys) and RB (Lexington Thomas and Charles Williams).
Source: runrebs.com
Jul 4 - 12:47 PM

UNLV senior WR Devonte Boyd did not participate in the team's spring game due to his continued recovery from a broken arm.

Boyd was sidelined near the end of the 2016 season after breaking his left forearm against Wyoming in November. He was a limited participant in spring practice, mostly focusing on running routes and such. While he indicated that he still feels some pain in his arm when he catches the football, Boyd is expected to be fully healthy come the start of August camp. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder caught 45 passes for 746 yards and a quartet of touchdowns prior to going down injured in November.
May 25 - 9:44 PM

UNLV junior WR Brandon Presley (foot) was a healthy participant in practice this spring.

Presley broke his foot against Jackson State in the Rebels' season-opener last September, but per the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Gilbert Manzano, the 6-foot, 180-pounder "knifed his way up field on slant routes, turned quick screens into first downs and [went] deep for touchdowns" during spring practice while showing no signs of hesitance when it came to his foot. Presley will be mixing it up with fellow wideouts Kendal Keys and Devonte Boyd during the coming season.
May 25 - 8:37 PM

Syracuse redshirt senior S Chauncey Scissum transferred to UNLV as a graduate.

Scissum was in the news for unfortunate reasons last April, when he was stabbed multiple times by former teammate Naesean Howard. He ultimately managed to appear in six games this past season, recording a singular tackle in that space. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder registered 43 tackles in 2015.
May 2 - 7:59 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt writes that UNLV LB Tau Lotulelei has "emerged as [a] priority free agent prospect."

During his pro day work earlier this week, Lotulelei ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds (that was with the wind) and a 4.88s run against the wind. He additionally checked off a 34.5-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-1 broad jump and a 6.96s jaunt through the three-cone drill. This past season, the 6-foot, 229-pounder recorded a hearty 117 tackles (16.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played. His brother John, by the by, is a linebacker with the Cowboys.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 4:08 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that while UNLV S Troy Hawthorne was deemed undraftable by scouts prior to the season, he "stands out on film."

"Hawthorne looks like a missile the way he streaks to the plays and lays it on the line defending the run," Pauline wrote. "He’s a little one-dimensional as a downhill, run-defending safety, but if he does well on special teams Hawthorne will have a chance at a roster spot." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Hawthorne, a converted quarterback, went from practice team player to one of the Rebels’ best defenders after the shift.
Mar 21 - 1:21 PM

UNLV DE Jeremiah Valoaga will work out for the Detroit Lions.

Valoaga ("VOL-o-UN-gah") is a converted tight end with nice size at 6-foot-5, 254 pounds. Wherever he ends up, he'll be fighting for a spot on the end of the bench or on the practice squad as a developmental prospect.
Mar 15 - 3:45 PM

UNLV hired Cornell assistant Travis Burkett to serve as RB coach.

This will be Burkett's first job at the FBS level. He had been with Cornell the previous 10 seasons. At UNLV, he replaces DeAndre Smith, who earlier this month opted to join Larry Fedora's staff at North Carolina.
Feb 28 - 12:41 PM

UNLV has awarded HC Tony Sanchez a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Sanchez was initially hired in December of 2014. His contract had previously been set to expire after the 2018 season. This extension is an interesting act of faith by the UNLV athletic department, as Sanchez's teams have yet to put much of anything together on the field. During his first two seasons at the helm, Sanchez's teams have gone a combined 7-17. Prior to joining the Rebels, he had served as the head coach of the highly-esteemed high school program at Bishop Gorman (Nevada).
Jan 27 - 8:05 PM

UNLV redshirt freshman QB Dalton Sneed will transfer.

"Decisions in life aren’t easy," Sneed wrote on Twitter, "and this has been by far one of the hardest ones in my life." He appeared in eight games during the regular season, completing 39-of-88 passes for 632 yards and a 5/2 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 348 yards (6.1 YPC) and a touchdown. Sneed was also used as a receiver late in the season and there had been some talk that he might shift to wideout (or corner) full-time in 2017.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 05:41:00 PM

UNLV senior Devonte Boyd, the school's leading WR, will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken left foreman.

Through 10 games Boyd posted 45 catches for 746 yards and four touchdowns. This ends his collegiate career. Boyd totaled over 900 receiving yards in each of the last two years. The question now is if he will be healthy enough to participate in the all star process.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 10:49:00 AM

UNLV senior WR Devonte Boyd hauled in six passes for 83 yards and one touchdown against Hawaii on Saturday.

We thought the Rebels had one of the Group of 5's most underrated receiving trios heading into the fall, but UNLV continues to squander its perimeter talent because it can't find a quarterback. Boyd has only a 26-421-4 line through six games.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 07:32:00 PM

UNLV junior WR Devonte Boyd posted stellar results in Thursday's 63-13 win over Jackson State, catching four passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns.

Only four catches, but when three of them go for touchdowns, the lack of volume can be forgiven. Boyd hauled in a 56-yard touchdown pass just a minute into the game, then followed that up with a 32-yard score later that quarter. His third touchdown catch went for 30 yards in the second quarter and boosted UNLV to a 42-7 advantage. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has surpassed 900 yards receiving each of his first two seasons with the Rebels. Gimme victory against Jackson State out of the way, a road showdown with UCLA shows next on UNLV's schedule.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 02:15:00 PM

UNLV coach Tony Sanchez says the quarterback competition between juniors Kurt Palandech and Johnny Stanton will extend into the season.

Palandech was starter Blake Decker's backup last year, but he ended up playing about just as much. Stanton is a former four-star Nebraska recruit who played at Saddleback College in California last year. "It’s one of those deals that if you need to let it play itself out and wait, then you wait. You don’t rush the decision, because the decision’s going to have a major impact on the season," said Sanchez. "I’ll be honest with you, as of today, both guys are going to play in Game 1. I think one guy’s going to be named the starter and he’ll start to get the majority of the reps. But you’re going to see whoever the No. 2 is at some point in the first half."
Source: SB Nation
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 05:12:00 PM


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